On Thursday, the NFL announced that they were moving the Buffalo Bills-Cleveland Browns game to Ford Field in Detroit due to the threat of a snowstorm.
The forecast is allowing for three to six feet of snow in the area. So instead of Highmark Stadium, the Bills will “host” the Browns in the neutral side of Ford Field. Because the Lions play in a dome, weather obviously won’t be an issue.
Following the official announcement from the NFL, a fan responded on Twitter and stated that each NFL stadium will eventually have a roof or dome. But Brian McCarthy, who works PR in the NFL, poured cold water over that.
“This has nothing to do w/ the stadium, but ensuring we’re not diverting resources from the community,” McCarthy said in response to the fan. “Also concerned for safety of fans, players & personnel traveling to/from game the next few days. Sports w/ indoor arenas sometimes postpone games due to weather concerns in town.
Fittingly, the Bills’ next game will take place against the Lions at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. So if there’s any consolation for Sean McDermott’s squad, they’ll save some time travel time on the short week.
As noted by John Breech of CBS Sports, this is the sixth NFL game since 2000 that had to be moved to another location because of weather concerns. Last year, the New Orleans Saints-Green Bay Packers Week 1 game had to be relocated from the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans to TIAA Bank Field (the home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars), because of Hurricane Ida.
The NFL was prepared to move the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kansas City Chiefs Week 4 game from Raymond James Stadium to U.S. Bank Stadium (where the Minnesota Vikings play) due to concerns of Hurricane Ian. But officials gave the green light to keep the game in Tampa, which K.C. won 41-31.
The Lions, aiming for their third straight win, will be on the road this Sunday when they visit the New York Giants. Per NFL tradition, they’ll then come home to play the first of three contests on Thanksgiving Thursday.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.